29 November, 2017

Women Judges Trained on Mediation

Last Updated: 29 November 2017


On November 4, 2017, USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) and Bangladesh Women Judges Association (BWJA) organized a daylong training on ‘Mediation’ in Dhaka. The event was held through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative to enhance the professional capacity of women judges. 25 women judges participated in the training.


Justice Zinat Ara, Honorable Judge of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh facilitated the event. Rebecca Castellucci, JFA Deputy Chief of Party, delivered the welcome speech and Tanjina Ismail, Senior District and Sessions Judge, Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, Dhaka, and President of BWJA expressed the objective of the training. Jesmin Ara Begum, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dhaka, and Secretary-General, BWJA delivered the concluding remarks.


In the training, the facilitator highlighted the legal provisions of mediation and its theoretical and practical aspects. Participants shared their experience and views in an open discussion session. Justice Zinat Ara remarked that, “This training is substantial for judicial officers to develop their capacity to conduct mediation.” She told the participants that, “You should encourage litigants to solve their litigation, especially on family and other civil matters through mediation, as it can play a vital role to provide the disputing parties in a win-win situation.”


Judge Nasrin Jahan, one of the participants, stated that “This training will build our skills to dispose of litigation through mediation.”


This training was organized as one of the professional development initiatives offered to women judges and lawyers through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative. The Women in Justice Initiative is a series of activities implemented under JFA’s Objective 2 to mobilize women judges and legal professionals, empower female leaders, and encourage young law students to embrace careers in the judiciary and legal professions. Through dialogue sessions, discussion meetings, and a problem-solving forum, JFA is working with reform constituencies, including both women and men, to advance gender equity and empower legal professionals and law students.